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patron

(Influential supporter), noun advocate, backer, benefactor, champion, defender, endorser, favorer, financer, friend, guardian, helper, influential sponsor, investor, leader, patronus, philanthropist, promoter, sponsor, supporter, upholder

patron

(Regular customer), noun business contact, buyer, client, consultor, consumer, customer, emptor, patronizer, prospective buyer, purchaser, shopper, supporter, vendee
See also: abettor, advocate, backer, benefactor, client, consumer, contributor, counselor, customer, donor, employer, good samaritan, guardian, member, partisan, promoter, proponent, samaritan, sponsor

PATRON, eccl. law. He who has the disposition and gift of an ecclesiastical benefice. In the Roman law it signified the former master of a freedman. Dig. 2, 4, 8, 1.

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In accordance with Baroque piety, the local elite turned its attention to festive patronal charity and devotional consumption, while authorities at the same time reduced expenses for charitable activities.
Cet article presente l'un de ces cas, par le biais d'une etude longitudinale de l'action collective menee par rAssociation des manufacturiers de vetement pour hommes au Quebec (AMVQ), un syndicat patronal voue a la representation de ses membres en matiere de negociation collective.
The world of patronal relations, Horace implies, is a world of make-believe, and it is up to the client to keep it as such if he wishes to benefit from the system.
Today, with the passing of the padrone and comare from the active life of the community--and the transformation of patronal festivals into Italian street fairs--the notion of patronage no longer exists as an active feature of Italian American culture.
the patronal feast day to a "Salvadoran Easter," Romero
Around the world people will be tucking into special dishes to mark Wales' patronal festival with Welsh Lamb and laverbread among the favourites.
Em nome do novo - o agronegocio - e da necessidade de encontrar novos canais de representacao politica, a ABAG, como e comumente chamada, constitui-se na face mais obscura do poder dos empresarios rurais, nao apenas como uma entidade patronal de defesa de seus interesses de classe, mas como uma agremiacao de empresas.
They keep up the traditions that existed prior to the arrival of the Spanish and practice popular Christian religiosity on the edges of control by the institutional church, with their own structures, which include local saints, pilgrimages, and popular patronal festivals.
ICR was founded in 2006 by Retraites Populaires Vie, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Centre Patronal, and Etablissement Cantonal d'Assurance.
The patronal feast thus became an occasion for celebrating Mass and administering the sacraments.
Chenaux, Jean-Philippe, "La subsidiarite et ses avatars", in: Etudes&Enquetes, Centre Patronal, no.
L'article de Gerard Dion intitule << La accion patronal catolica en el Canadafrances >>,--lui aussi publie au debut de l'annee 1952--elaborait sur un sujet assez epineux en Argentine: l'organisation du patronat independamment des instances de l'Etat (50).